Tag Archives: Lexus Champions for Charity

Dec
16
2010

Besides playing a few of America’s greatest courses at the Lexus Champions for Charity event in Pebble Beach last week, I had the opportunity to talk with two-time major champion and NBC talking head, Johnny Miller.

I had so many questions — was Ian Poulter still mad at him for saying he was a poor ballstriker? Was Phil Mickelson upset at the comment he made at the Ryder Cup? Who are the game’s biggest chokers? Will Tiger break Jack Nicklaus’ record?

What was supposed to be a ten-minute chat, quickly turned into twenty-nine very interesting and entertaining minutes. It was fascinating to pick Johnny’s mind about almost anything that crossed my mind, and get a trademark Johnny Miller no-BS answer.

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Dec
13
2010
By Stephanie Wei under General

Our fivesome on 18 tee at Pebble Beach (photo via http://peiphoto.smugmug.com)

It really doesn’t get much better than spending four-ish days in December playing golf and hanging out with new and old friends at Pebble Beach Golf Resort for a wonderful cause. Before the Lexus Champions for Charity festivities began, I wrote that Christmas came early when I got to watch some old friends earn their PGA Tour cards at Q-school. Then I experienced it all and I left Pebble, thinking, “Wow, Christmas happened again!” and “Did I seriously ever question accepting the generous invite?” (Yep, I’m a moron.)

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Dec
13
2010

No. 9 tee at Pebble Beach

As you know, I was at Pebble Beach Golf Resort, writing about my experiences playing golf (Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach) and the other activities happening at the Lexus Champions for Charity tournament. The trip was courtesy of Lexus, which has brought in myself and Shane Bacon as their bloggers to cover the event (hooray for new media!). Check out more info on the charity event that has raised more than $135 million. For more pictures and updates, follow me on Twitter and join the WUP Facebook page.

It’s true what many people say about playing Pebble Beach for the first time — the “awe-factor” of the experience is so intoxicating that it makes you practically blackout. Since I covered the US Open six months earlier, I had been recalling those great memories for a few days. I’d walked the course so many times that I had the layout memorized. I felt like I kind of knew it, but obviously, I also knew that I was going to be playing Pebble from a different vantage point in entirely different conditions.

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Dec
11
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Interviews

Hanging out with Peter Jacobsen on No. 6 tee at Pebble Beach

As you may know, I’m spending the rest of the week at Pebble Beach Golf Resort, writing about my experiences playing golf (Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach) and the other activities happening at the Lexus Champions for Charity tournament. The trip is courtesy of Lexus, which has brought in myself and Shane Bacon as their bloggers to cover the event (hooray for new media!). Check out more info on the charity event that has raised more than $135 million. For more pictures and updates, follow me on Twitter and join the WUP Facebook page.

Playing Pebble Beach for the first time is a special moment for any golfer. Heck, it’s incredible just to be on the premises to cover a tournament. You know, like the US Open. Saturday was an especially memorable day, (which I’ll go into more detail tomorrow).

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Dec
11
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

An ace wins this Lexus on No. 16 at Spanish Bay

As you may know, I’m spending the rest of the week at Pebble Beach Golf Resort, writing about my experiences playing golf (Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach) and the other activities happening at the Lexus Champions for Charity tournament. The trip is courtesy of Lexus, which has brought in myself and Shane Bacon as their bloggers to cover the event (hooray for new media!). Check out more info on the charity event that has raised more than $135 million. For more pictures and updates, follow me on Twitter and join the WUP Facebook page.

For some reason, when there’s been a Lexus parked at a tee box of a par 3, I’ve had success in my flag-hunting pursuits. Apparently I really, really want to win a car that I’m not eligible to win because I’m not technically a competitor in the tournament. So I just enjoy the idea of holing out only to feel like I’ve been deprived of capturing an $80,000 prize. Totally sick, I know! Actually, I just want that damn bow. I mean, if I can’t have the car, the red bow is the second best thing.

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Dec
9
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Group pic: Kirk of Lexus, me and Shane Bacon

As you may know, I’m spending the rest of the week at Pebble Beach Golf Resort, writing about my experiences playing golf (Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach) and the other activities happening at the Lexus Champions for Charity tournament. The trip is courtesy of Lexus, which has brought in myself and Shane Bacon as their bloggers to cover the event (hooray for new media!). Check out more info on the charity event that has raised more than $135 million. For more pictures and updates, follow me on Twitter and join the WUP Facebook page.

It only took 20 hours to get from Orlando (via NYC via delays to SFO via traffic to Pebble) to the Inn at Spanish Bay on Wednesday. But when I walked into my room and saw the fire place, that was enough to make the long trip worth it.

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Dec
8
2010
By Stephanie Wei under General

Rewind to June: No. 7 at US Open at Pebble Beach

For whatever reason, this job (golf writer/blogger/entrepreneur/whatever) has presented lots of amazing opportunities in 2010. From the US Open at Pebble Beach to the Open Championship at St. Andrews, I can’t complain. In fact, I’m not sending Santa a wish list this year. After watching some friends earn their Tour cards last week, it was like Christmas kinda came a few weeks early.

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